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“Prayers Have Been Answered”: New York Mets Fans Rejoice as Shaky Star Misses Out on Final 2023 Roster Spot

Published 03/27/2023, 12:21 PM EDT

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MLB teams are in the process of finalizing their final rosters for Opening Day 2023, which is right around the corner. As the final decisions are being made about who will make it to the 26-man roster for the regular season, some players are rejoicing while others are left disheartened. Unfortunately for Darin Ruf of the New York Mets, he has fallen into the latter category after being designated for assignment.

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This news might not be surprising, taking into account his rough Spring Training performance, but it certainly comes as a relief for Mets fans, who are resting at ease upon hearing the news. They’ve expressed their sense of relief on social media at the athlete’s exclusion.

Fans have released a hefty breath of relief 


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The 26 opening-day roster doesn’t have Darin Ruff as the opening outfielder anymore. The New York Mets have seemed to move on to another outfielder, Tim Locastro. Metsies fans have released a hefty breath of relief at the news and are expressing it with full vigor.

While many fans are at ease now, some fans are using this opportunity to spring out puns. 


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Well, it looks like the Mets are officially underway to start the 2023 season and it remains to be seen if they make any more changes to their roster.


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However, it is also clear that the Mets are ready to play ball with their revamped roster

The reason behind New York Mets’ heavy decision 

The New York Mets made the decision after Darin Ruf’s performance in Spring Training had been less than underwhelming. After being traded from the San Francisco Giants last season, the outfielder struggled to find his footing with the team, hitting only .152/.216/.197 with no home runs and just three doubles. His struggles continued into the exhibition games of Spring Training, where he failed to hit a single home run yet again and maintained a batting average below the .200 mark. 


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With a salary of $3 million this season and a team option for $3.5 million in 2024, the Mets have until Monday to trade the outfielder or cover the cost of his wages themselves. But it is apparent that the team has taken no chances when it came to polishing their roster.

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Written by:

Garima Verma


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Garima is a ‘rookie’ MLB writer at EssentiallySports. A Master’s Degree holder in Journalism from a top institution, Garima has often been enamored by the world of sport. She specializes in covering the core angles in MLB.
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Abhishek Kumar